Many people opt for skim milk because it provides calcium and protein without the calories that come with whole milk. However, recent studies have shown that people who eat and drink full-fat dairy are no more likely to gain weight than people who consume low-fat dairy. However, not all dairy is created equal and there are other risks to consider. Full-fat dairy does have higher saturated fats, which can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.*
Dieters should lessen their fear of full-fat dairy, as it is fine in moderation. Our focus should be less on dairy and more on fruits and vegetables, which provide the fiber we need to maintain a healthy weight.
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